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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sale by the Candle.
A species of auction. An inch of candle being lighted, he who made the bid as the candle gave its expiring wink was declared the buyer; sometimes a pin is stuck in a candle, and the last bidder before the pin falls out is the buyer.   1


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